Man arrested over donkey-dragging incident

A man in Texas is alleged to have dragged a donkey behind a vehicle and left it injured on the roadside.

Marc Richard Saunders, 30, of Splendora, is accused of felony animal cruelty over the incident.

Local deputies arrested him on Thursday evening after the donkey was allegedly dragging by a rope tied to the trailer hitch of his SUV.

The incident occurred when Saunders visited friends in New Caney around lunchtime just as the family got word their pet donkey, Susie Q, had been found wandering loose around the corner and had been secured.

Another friend, staying with the family, was going to get Susie Q and walk her home, but Saunders insisted on driving. He said they could tie the donkey to his trailer hitch and lead her home.

The second man sat on the truck’s tailgate as the incident unfolded.

According to reports, Saunders drove slowly at first, but then sped up and Susie Q was unable to keep up.

It is reported the man on the tailgate pleaded with Saunders to stop, but he instead increased speed.

The speed was estimated at up to 40 miles per hour, with Suzy Q dragged an estimated quarter mile.

Saunders stopped, unhitched her, and left the area.

The donkey was returned home on a sled. A veterinarian who treated Suzy Q was uncertain at this stage whether she would recover from her serious hoof injuries.

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3 thoughts on “Man arrested over donkey-dragging incident

  • October 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

    How could someone go to the home of friends and then treat their beloved animal in this horrendous fashion? Apparently he is a sociopath unable to experience friendship. I know a whole lot of people who would have made certain that he never had to deal with the sheriff’s dept. I hope this donkey recovers but we all know how fragile are equine legs and hooves.

  • October 29, 2012 at 5:16 am

    maybe we should do the same thing to this jerk! what comes around goes around! poor animal no creature deserves this kind of treatment!hope Susie Q recovers.


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